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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.
Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.
Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.
Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday named the three judges who’ll hear arguments over the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that bans same-sex marriages. They cover the ideological spectrum. The hearing is Dec. 6.
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has won a historic comeback victory in the long drawn out race for California attorney general. Her Republican opponent Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley conceded the race Wednesday – more than three weeks after the election. A spokesman said Cooley’s 50,000 vote deficit was insurmountable. More than 9 million votes were cast. Harris becomes the first woman, the first African-American and the first Indian-American ever elected to the state’s top law enforcement job.
Republican Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County district attorney, conceded the California attorney general's race to Kamala Harris, giving Democrats a sweep of all statewide offices. Cooley conceded as updated vote tallies continued to widen San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' lead.
The L.A. Weekly says San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris holds a nearly insurmountable 50,000 vote lead over Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.
Los Angeles County Supervisors are proposing a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, where about 1.4 million people live. Officials say only a handful of the dispensaries exist in those areas — all without permits.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the exploitation of immigrant women in the nation’s food industry “one of the great civil rights crises of our time.” The organization's new report, released Monday, says the fields of California harvest many of the abuses.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck marked a year on the job Wednesday with a news conference about his record so far. He touted lower crime and better community relations as accomplishments.
Charges and counter-charges are flying in the still-too-close-to-call race for California attorney general. Since Election Day, the lead has swung back and forth between Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. As of early Wednesday morning, Harris maintained an edge of nearly 30,000 votes, with more than half a million still uncounted. Things have gotten a little tense at the Registrar of Voters’ Office in Norwalk.
The Los Angeles City Council asked the City Attorney on Friday to draft language that would ease management restrictions, and pave the way for as many as 180 pot stores in the city.
The Los Angeles City Council voted today to keep buying police Tasers from an Arizona-based company, despite the city’s economic boycott of that state.
Ballot counting continues Monday in the race for California attorney general. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley leads San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris by nearly 37,000 votes in a race that’s still too close to call.
County elections officials throughout California are counting absentee and provisional ballots to figure out who the next state attorney general will. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris leads Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley by just 9,000 votes – of more than 7 million cast.
The final result of the race for California attorney general may not become clear for weeks. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris holds a lead of 9,000 votes over Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.
Unlike in much of the country, Democrats fared well in California Tuesday. The cliffhanger: the race for attorney general between L.A. County DA Steve Cooley and San Francisco DA Kamala Harris.
California voters elected Jerry Brown governor and decided to return Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate Tuesday, bucking national trends that saw widespread Democratic defeats.